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Help with Neck Pain

Causes of Neck Pain

Neck pain is very common and most of the time has a minor cause, for example:

  • Sleeping in an awkward position
  • Doing a lot of desk work/using a computer with poor posture
  • A muscle strain caused by over exercise
  • Stress and tension

If the pain is severe, started after a serious trauma, isn’t improving after a few days or if you are worried there could be a serious cause then you should seek help from a medical professional, otherwise you can try some self help measures.

Self Help

If you have neck pain there are some simple things you can do to help yourself feel better and to speed up healing

  • Keep moving – doing gentle movements little and often will help reduce stiffness
  • Ask a pharmacist to recommend some painkillers
  • A heat/cold pack can help the muscles relax and decrease pain
  • Watch your posture and avoid sitting hunched over a desk or looking down at a computer or smartphone screen

Massage

Massage can be helpful in relieving neck pain, speeding up healing and keeping the muscles limber and thus reducing the risk of future injury.

It is suitable for most people, however there are a few instances where a neck massage would not be suitable; e.g. if you have had a stroke or TIA, if the pain came on following a trauma such as a fall or traffic accident until a doctor has ruled out a serious injury.

Massage aims to increase blood circulation to the affected muscles, stretch the muscles and fascia (connective tissue), reduce muscular tension and relieve pain.  It can sometimes feel a little uncomfortable, however it should not be painful.

If you have any questions or would like to book in for a massage please contact me

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